Minor in Latin American Studies

The Minor in Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary program that offers students who have studied Spanish the opportunity to add a regional focus to their studies. The minor provides a coherent framework for the study of Latin America. The minor is designed to prepare students for becoming leaders with specialized knowledge of the peoples, cultures, languages, and social systems of Latin America. It is also intended for heritage speakers of Spanish who wish to gain greater understanding of their identity, as well as for those who simply wish to acquire more knowledge about Latin American.

Requirements for Minor

The Minor in Latin American Studies requires 19 hours of coursework, 12 hours of which must be taken at Drake. No more than nine hours may be completed in any single discipline. The courses listed below will count toward the minor and the MLAS advisor may approve other appropriate courses.

Latin American Studies minors must complete at least one Spanish class at Drake above the SPAN 052-level (fourth semester) or one Portuguese class at another institution above the fourth semester.  

Study abroad in Latin America is strongly advised. The study abroad program in Latin America must be approved by both Drake and the Latin American Studies advisor (a tenured or tenure-track Spanish professor or the chair of WLC in consultation with the student’s primary advisor). Up to six credit hours from the study abroad experience may be applied toward the minor.

The student, in consultation with his or her Latin American Studies advisor, determines the distribution of courses comprising the minor. Together, student and advisee design a multidisciplinary program with courses chosen from at least two different disciplines. Courses chosen to complete the minor should fulfill the goals of the Minor in Latin American Studies specified in the Program Overview above.

Students are required to develop a special thematic or regional interest (potential tracks might include human rights in Latin America; politics in Latin America; the U.S.-Mexico border region and immigration; energy, resources and the environment; business in Latin America; and languages and cultures) and to pursue that interest through a relevant selection of courses. Students will either select one of these tracks or propose a different one, subject to approval by her/his MLAS advisor. Once the student has decided on a thematic or regional interest, s/he should compose a short paper in which the student’s individual objectives for the minor are articulated, as well as the rationale for the selection of particular courses. The MLAS advisor will approve the paper and/or suggest revisions.

WLC 147: This one-credit-hour course will be supervised by the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, in which the Minor will be administered. Students will create an electronic portfolio that includes a collection of best work, demonstrating developmental progress, and, most importantly, focusing on reflective writing to connect to the concentration’s learning outcomes.

 

Approved Courses

ECONOMICS

ECON 135 – Developing Economies

ENGLISH

ENG 066: READING RACE & ETHNICITY

ENG 083: ENGLISH IN AMERICA: LANGUAGE, CITIZENSHIP & IDENTITY

ENG 163 – TRANS-CULTURAL LITERATURE

ENG 164/WGS 111 – LATINO/A LITERATURE

HISTORY

HIST 123 – MODERN MEXICO

HIST 124 – AZTECS INCAS MAYAS

HIST 125 – COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA

HIST 126 – MODERN LATIN AMERICA

HIST 156 – SEX, POWER, & WAR-AZTEC EMPIRE

HONORS

HONR 073/WLC 150

J-TERM

ACCOUNTING/JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION

ACTS 198/JMC 199– FAMILY, LIFESTYLES, ANNUITY TABLES

EDUCATION

COUN 145/245 - Counseling Diverse Populations: Brazil

STUDY OF SOCIETY AND CULTURE/WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

SCSS 196/WLC 196 - TRAVEL STUDY SEMINAR – {CONTEMPORARY URBAN MEXICO}

SPANISH

SPAN 140 - SPANISH PRTCL SPKG&WRTG

SPAN 150 - SPANISH LANG & CLTR

SPAN 151 - NATNL IDENTITY-TRANSNATNL AGE

SPAN 152 - FILM

SPAN 153 – MULTILINGUAL SOCIETIES

SPAN 160 - SPANISH LANG & LIT

SPAN 165 - SPANISH FOR HEALTHCARE PRVDRS

STUDY OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY

SCSA 002 – INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

SCSA 150 – MIGRANT ORAL HISTORY

SCSA 150 – U.S.-MEXICO BORDERLANDS

SCSA 156 – ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS

SCSS 155 – GLOBAL YOUTH STUDIES

WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURES

WLC 150 - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL: The Presence and Effects of American Culture in Mexico

Additional courses may be approved by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, as necessary.

 

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